This was written (by Paul Chappell) to those who serve others in the ministry, but the list can be applied to any form of leadership. This list outlines the plight of moms, especially those who have adopted special needs kids. There isn’t a lot of payback in the first few years, but we all hold out hope that one day we will be loved, and if not loved, at least respected for all the years of sacrifice and service we gave our children. And, if we never get that either, at least we know we did what God asked us to do. We know He loves us – sometimes that just has to be enough.
1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self centered. Love and trust them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4. The service you render today will be forgotten tomorrow. Serve people anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest ideas. Think big anyway.
7. People pretend to love the “little” people but sell their souls to the “big” people. Fight for the “little” people anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help. Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have, and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.